Just wondering if anyone who has completed an XEL has any feedback about how it is in operation?
For me, it's better than the "real" machines because I am using a wonderful IBM Model M clone keyboard and a mouse, thanks to the built in TK-II mod. Other than that, there really is no difference, because it is not an emulated system, it's 100% built with original Atari chips.
It does have the added benefit of some of the best and newest upgrades, such as Ultimate 1MB and the UAV (for crystal clean video output), it has stereo sound.
What went wrong with your printer? I don't know much about the Davinci, but I'm pretty sure I could replace every part on my Quidi X-One 2. I kind of feel like I'm back in the 8-bit days with 9-pin slow-ass dot matirx printers. Can't wait to see how this progresses. I have to believe in 10-20 years (probably less), we will be printing color 3-d objects as fast as we laser print color pages now. They already have 3-d printers that combine with inkjet ink to do full-color 3-d printing.
Basically, the entire thing is shit. There's no way to make any adjustment hold, it doesn't print nicely with 4 different types of filament, the bed leveling is shit, the temp control is shit, the speed is shit. I should say, this is quite an old machine now. I only paid a few hundred for it, I got a few workable parts, and I was an early adopter.
Absolutely no need to start out with a machine so sub par these days. If you asked me five years ago, I would have been singing it praises. Before you ask, I have flashed the latest Repetier firmware to it, spent weeks trying to re-calibrate it.
Or maybe even 1088XEL-GM where GM = Game Machine which was usually what the console being sold by itself was known as. XEGS (XE Game System) really referred to the complete 'system' that came with the light gun and a game that could use it.
Please don't ever suggest that to a die-hard Mopar guy 1088 SRT maybe.
I got a public domain disc from Vulcan Software, contained I think 5 maybe 6 images from Steve Dong. They had DLI based changes, and were some of, if not the 1st images I saw on the Atari with > 5 colours. If memory serves, they were hand pixeled, and the DLIs were manually placed by Steve.
I've seen some great stuff done by the community on the Atari 8bit, like the Asteroids arcade conversion, the unfinished IK+ that was looking great. The improved Donkey Kong/Popeye/DKjr that were posted here.
I'm wondering what other great stuff like that is around that I may have missed? I don't think there's a single source that's collected these things.
I'm especially interested in anything that pushes the system more than the average 80s game. Doing things we thought were impossible.
Latest game, only released a week ago, is the insanely great Bosconian arcade conversion.